Ways to prevent skin dryness

Skin tends to lose more moisture in winter months, when temperature and humidity are low. Here are simple tips to keep your skin hydrated and glowing:

-Pamper your skin with olive, almond, or avocado oil. Pat the oil on your skin, rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

-  Avoid harsh soaps and astringents.

-  Limit baths to once a day. Using a bath emollient may improve the hydration.

-   Moisturize your skin in the morning after bath and in the night before sleeping.

-   Use an oil based moisturizer rather than water based as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin.

-  Use a humidifier to increase the moisture in the air in your home or workplace. You also can place a pan of water near a radiator.

-  Never wash the dishes or work with household chemicals without putting on gloves.

-   Replace vegetable oil or animal fats with cold-pressed oils such as extra-virgin olive oil and sesame oil. Supplements of evening primrose oil maybe helpful in people with very dry skin.

-   Drink at least 2 litres of water everyday to hydrate your skin. Reduce or eliminate your intake of alcohol and caffeine.

(The writer is a dermatologist)

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